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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:13 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

Senior Jessica Sipe and five classmates lead a somewhat-seasoned Mountain View softball team into the 2010 season.

Playing third base, last year's team MVP returns to captain a solid squad. Sipe batted over .400 last season, and already has a scholarship in tow to Pima Community College.

Frank Drake is in his 12th year as the softball coach for the Lady Lions, and hopes to end the team's three-year run of consecutive losing seasons.

"A lot of senior leadership," Drake said. "The younger players look up to them."

Senior leadership will also be provided by the Ortiz twins, Jordyn and Alexis. Breann Stevens plays right field and second base. Speedster Kelsey Terrell is the centerfielder.

"Terrell has the potential to play on (a higher level)," Drake said. "They all play ASA ball."

"Our pitching is key in softball," Drake said. "If our pitchers are on, we do well."

Mariah Rodriguez, A.J. Deveny, and Sarah Gaalswijk are the Mountain Lions' three pitchers. Rodriguez and Deveny have two wins already. In a recent start, Deveny hurled four scoreless innings against a strong Marana team, before tiring in the fifth in a loss to the Tigers.

There are three freshmen bursting onto the scene. Kayla Ugaitafa is the starting shortstop, while Kelsea McKemy-Scott and Ashley Rivera are utility players.

"I think we can make the state playoffs," Drake said. "They (the players) expect to have a winning season."

Drake feels strongly about the team chemistry among his 5-3 Lady Lions.

"The girls play very well together. They get along very well."

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Tuesday, September 30

Boys Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View at Haven Golf Course

Ironwood Ridge, Buena, Catalina at Rincon (Dell Urich)

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Marana at CDO

Maricopa at Mountain View

Ironwood Ridge at Vista Grande

Poston Butte at Catalina Foothills

San Miguel at Pusch Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Wednesday, October 1

Girls Golf (3 p.m.)

Mountain View vs. Ironwood Ridge (Omnu Tucson National)

CDO, Sunnyside at Flowing Wells (Silverbell)

Sabino at Catalina Foothills

Cross Country (4:30 p.m.)

Ironwood Ridge, Sahuarita at Flowing Wells (Columbus Park)

Marana, St. Gregory at Catalina Foothills

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

CDO at Ironwood Ridge

Freshman Football (6 p.m.)

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills at CDO

JV Football (6.p.m.)

Marana at Maricopa

Salpointe at Mountain View

CDO at Catalina Foothills

Thursday, October 2

Swimming (4 p.m.)

Mountain View, St. Gregory’s, Pusch Ridge at Marana

Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)

Mountain View at Poston Butte

Catalina Foothills at Flowing Wells

Pusch Ridge at Willcox

Varsity Football (7p.m.)

Maricopa at Marana

Mountain View at Salpointe

Catalina Foothills @ CDO

Ironwood Ridge at Rincon

Friday, October 3

Boys Golf (all day)

CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Girls Vollyeball (all day)

CDO, Catalina Foothills at Falcon Invitational

Cross Country

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Desert Twilight Festival

Varsity Footbal (7 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at San Tan Valley

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Boys Golf (all day)

CDO at Santa Rita/Flowing Wells Invitational

Swimming (all day)

Catalina Foothills, CDO, Ironwood Ridge at Brophy/Xavier Swim Invitational

Girls Volleyball (4 p.m.)

Pusch Ridge at Desert Christian

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